New Jersey's racial disparity is slightly lower than the national average, with Black people 3.5 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than white people.
American Civil Liberties Union
Black people are about 3.1 times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as white people in Essex County, according to a recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union.
On Monday – the cannabis "holiday" of 4/20 – the ACLU released a nationwide study that analyzed marijuana arrests from 2010 to 2018. (See the full methodology)
Essex County's ratio of 3.1 to 1 was slightly lower than New Jersey's average, where black people were 3.5 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as white people, the ACLU said.
Black people are three-and-a-half times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana in New Jersey than whites, and the disparity has increased over the past 10 years, according to a new national report from the American Civil Liberties Union.